Perkuno's Hammer Imperial Porter | Heavyweight Brewing Co.

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286 Ratings
Perkuno's Hammer Imperial PorterPerkuno's Hammer Imperial Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heavyweight Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States
heavyweight-brewing.com

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-24-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
286
Reviews:
278
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
9.84%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 286 |  Reviews: 278
Photo of Mick
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jet-black color pours an almost oily texture. Barely any head. Real milky and smooth body. Highly palatable. It engages the taste buds with a malty and at times, almost, coffee flavor. Interesting for a porter. A fan of Imperial stouts would thoroughly enjoy this one.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was truly different... it pours with the smell of blueberry and hops. It is a very luring smell. Dark, dark opeque ruby color. No light at all permeates the brew. Rich reddish/tan head settles quickly into a constant outer ring and lace on the glass. The taste hits you upfront with a fruitty (berry) richness and bitters into a silk, tart, cocoa finish. Very complex and interesting... this brew makes you think and ponder, )wow what am I tasting here?). There are warm alcohol notes in the finish. Its richness is balenced well by its agressive hop nature. It is a great balance of the ying and yang of beer tastes. This beer is worth seeking out! Enjoy the pucker!

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Photo of yen157
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black beer that started out with a moderate brown nead that quickly melted into the beer leaving only a monolayer. At first it smelled very toasty, but as it warmed a bit it revealed chocolate, alcohol, and fruit as well. The taste was pretty much in line with the aroma. Toasted grains dominated over a thin malt. Also, there were the flavors of charcoal and berries, strawberries I believe. This was an extremely smooth, easy drinking beer. The light carbonation and moderate body made it a perfect sipping beer for the end of a long day. Very nice!

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an oil black with a brownish / tan head. Full bodied brew. On the nose there are aromas of roasted malts, dark fruit, and espresso. On the palate the flavor consisted of dark fruit, roasted malts, espresso, toasted grain, light molasses, alcohol is evident and hints of chocolate, hop bitterness, very sweet. Mouth feel is super slick. Overall this is a very good imperial porter...

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Photo of sponberg
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Update, 5/06: No fusels - just massive deliciousness.

Update after a couple at EBF: No trace of fusels, and the flavor has expanded seemingly exponentially: now there's coffee (THANK YOU for putting the beans back in, Tom B.!), port, cocoa... just such a massively drinkable Imperial porter. Outstanding.

Dark brown, opaque, with a thin bead that lasts surprisingly well.

The nose has all kinds of black cherries, plums, and fruity malt aromas. Then the flavors hit your piehole - chocolate, blackcurrant, cherry, roasty, and a warming surge o' alcohol - in this united front that is most impressive. The finish is VERY warm - the alcohol's feeling its oats & wants you to know it's there, so it lights a fusel. Ha ha ha, I slay me. Once that dies off, though, a round, bitter chocolate finish takes control. The fusel effect diminishes as it warms. A nice fireside beer, as long as your breath doesn't ignite.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, with slight ruby highlights at the bottom only. Small, fizzy tan head. Some lacing. Liquorice, cocoa, roasted coffee, and alcohol in aroma. Lot of liquorice in taste, and a bit of warm Coca-Cola joining the other aspects from the aroma. Alcohol and hops battle in aftertaste.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours almost as black as night, with just the barest hint of light penetrating thru when held in front of a 100 watt bulb. Tan head slowly settles on top of it all, clinging lace holds on throughout. Nose is quite roasty, with a funky, tangy sourness detected. Tastes of burnt malts, slight vanilla and espresso...alcohol and hops make an appearence on the way out in the nice long finish. Packs a punch, when all is said and done. A fitting nightcap brew.

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Photo of Suds
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful, black, complex beer. This brew hides its alcohol very well. It’s got a dense, full body with tremendous malt character. Nice, heavy-cream colored head. It’s an absolute joy to drink!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is black. (I can see and smell why it's called an Imperial already.) Huge rocky brown head with good retention. . Beautiful. Very deep roasted tones in the aroma. And molasses too. This smells like a good Imperial Stout. First sip is pure delight. Not quite as complex as good Imperial Stouts, but complex nonetheless. Can taste like a chocolate milkshake at times. Can also taste notes of dark fruits, anise, licorice and very slight cherry. I would have rated mouthfeel and drinkability higher than 4 but it seems like it's a little too carbonated and/or fizzy. Very small imperfection on a remarkable brew. Thanks go out to Davo for this one.

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Photo of Jason
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at NERAX. Christ on a crutch! This is dangerous stuff, the warmth of the alcohol waits to hit you after the pint is finished in a very deceiving way for 9.1% abv. Big ripe dark fruity undertones from start to finish, roasted flavours are all over the place with charcoal and coffee. The sheer maltiness of this brew was staggering and may have been a big reason why the alcohol was hidden so much. This by far was the best offering the NERAX as far as dark ales went.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle review from 23FEB03...
The Hammer is a new arrival at The Wine Society, my local bier-shoppe. Poured as black as night, dense and opaque. Head was about 1/2" at the outset, tan in color, and fine and tightly packed. It shrank down to a thin layer, but left little, if any, lacing. Nose was verrrry roasty and coffee-ish. Body was about medium, though I wished it were a tad fuller. Fairly smooth on the tongue to begin, though it seemed to get creamier as I drank more. Flavor, like the aroma, was very roasty and coffee-like. Some chocolate was mixed in too. Some faint hints of dark fruit were present, including a suggestion of cherries. Hmmm...chocolate covered cherries...interesting. Tasted a lot better at the finish, though it started out well anyhow. Skol!!

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Cask review from 04MAY02...
On cask at NERAX....mmm good!! Black as night, with a tight, fine head; no lace, though (probably due to a frequently-used glass). Raisiny, sweet nose was quite pleasurable. Good body, and quite smooth. Alcohol-warmth evident in the dark-fruit flavors, like raisins and black currants. Great cask-enhanced flavor! Was the last bier of the night; what a way to finish!! (4.5/4.5/5.0/4.5/4.5 - 4.70)
Prosit!!

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Perkuno's Hammer Imperial Porter from Heavyweight Brewing Co.
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